The Johnson County Citizens Academy debuted in the Spring of 2016. It takes as its mission statement the words of Margaret Mead: “Never Doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed it is the only thing that ever does.” We aim to support an informed citizenry in progressing the quality of life in Johnson County through volunteerism, board membership, and networking. We hope you will join us.
The Citizens Academy allows opportunities for community-minded individuals to discover what makes our high quality of life possible through behind the scene tours, hands-on activities, and conversations with county staff. Come visit with commissioners, explore the county budget, tour corrections facilities and try out a fire hose! Upon completion, graduates will receive a certificate and get connected to the growing network of academy alumni.
Apply today for the fall session, which starts Sept. 6 and meets weekly until Nov. 8. For additional details and to apply, visit jocogov.org/citizensacademy.
QUOTES FROM ACADEMY ALUMNI
- "I was thrilled to be selected into the first-ever Johnson County Citizens Academy. I love learning and I realized I needed to know more about government; right here in my county seemed to be the perfect place to start!!! I encourage all JoCo residents to consider active participation in our spectacular community . . . This course was a real eye-opener!!!" — Cathy Weaver
- "One of the sessions I liked best was the tour of Consolidated Fire District No. 2. The session included interesting, informative presentations by the fire chief and the director of Med-ACT. Touring the station, seeing the equipment, and talking to the firefighters were the highlights. Overall, a great session!" — Vicki Denk
- My son was home this week from Fort Worth and was talking about the next place they move to he hopes will be more like where he grew up. Our children go out in the world, but they still look for the comforts of home, especially when they start their families.” — Mary Guntert
- “After completing this program, I looked for ways to give back. I chose to participate in the Meals on Wheels program, attended a Mental Health First Aid training class and currently work as a volunteer at the Election Headquarters. I will be forever grateful for having been given this priceless opportunity.” — Pam Boyd